The work of Dutch artist, with Chinese roots, Tja Ling, can be experienced as a symbiosis between the East and the West. Her drawings show us how she perceives the world around her as a result of her upbringing, where different cultures meet. In addition her work can be defined as an interaction between spirituality and the sensory experience. With her images Tja Ling denounces our affection for material goods. As an artist she strives to acquire a new way of knowledge through the use of our senses and emotions. As a result the meaning of her drawings remain open for interpretation. Her drawings are there to be experienced by the individual viewer. 

In the 1970’s her parents fled the terror of Chinese communism and ended up in the Netherlands. After a history of oppression they were enrolled in the capitalist system of their new homeland, which led to overcompensation or overconsumption. After the recovery of communism, China too came into an economic momentum. As a consequence spiritual life and cultural values deteriorated. From her materialistic upbringing and education at the fashion academy, Tja Ling undertook a spiritual journey and tries to draw meaning from the emotional life and the subconscious rather than tangible and rational. Her images are to be seen as a meditation that surpasses language and culture in which the viewer enters through the sensory experience into a world of meaning. 





‘Taking care of the little ones’, SinArts Gallery, The Hague



‘Pakhuis de Zwijger ontmoet de Chinese gemeenshap, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam
‘Draw the Line: Wobbyclub, KunstpodiumT, Tilburg
‘West of where the sun goes down’, No Man’s Art Gallery, Amsterdam
‘Art on Paper’, represented by Gallery Vriend van Bavink, Westergas, Amsterdam

'Duo Presentation Wouter van de Koot & Tja Ling' Gallery Vriend van Bavink, Amsterdam



'This Art Fair 2018', Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

'Kunstroute Kralingen-Crooswijk 2018', Studio K.O., Rotterdam

'Vinyl Project', Illustratie Biënnale, Haarlem



'Tja Ling X De Makers Bureau Pop-up Expo & Store', The Box Vlaanderen, Ghent (Solo)

'Antwerpse Handjes Geïllustreerd', Bibliotheca de Historietas, Havana

'Boob's Art', Seed Factory, Brussels

'Kunstenaar van de Maand', Zebrastraat, Ghent (Solo)



'Draw attention #2', KERK, Ghent

'Jonge Kunstenaars 2016', Sint-Lukasgalerie, Brussels

'Vreemde Oorden', Faculty Club, Leuven

'Ithaka Festival', Kapucijnenvoer, Leuven



'No Man's Art Pop-up Gallery', No Man's Art Gallery, Rotterdam



Opium Atelier, NPO Radio4, Hilversum


Fiep Westendorp Stimuleringsprijs

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